4 Critically Injured in Lightning Strike Outside White House


Four adults were hospitalized with “critical, life-threatening injuries” after an apparent lightning strike hit Lafayette Square, just a few dozen feet from the White House, a D.C. fire official said Thursday.

The victims were identified as two men and two women, fire department spokesperson Vito Maggiolo told The Daily Beast. Members of the U.S. Park Police and uniformed officers with the Secret Service witnessed the strike, according to Maggiolo, and rushed to perform life-saving measures.

The four victims were found in the center of the park, just south of a statue of Andrew Jackson, Maggiolo said at a later press conference. Witnesses told D.C. outlet WUSA that they had been standing underneath a tree when the lightning strike occurred. Maggiolo clarified the victims were in the “vicinity” of a tree.

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